Dr. Sayers is Associate Dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Director of the Language Programs. She began working with the program in 1983 as Assistant Director, was named Director in 1986 and Associate Dean in 1991. She is responsible for the promotion, development and administration of the Language Programs including the Intensive English Program, the Foreign Language Program and the English as a Second Language (ESL) Communication Skills Program. The Online English Success in the Workplace Program and Online English and Academic Preparation Program have been added to ESL offerings since 2017.
She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a Specialization in Teaching English as Second Language from the University of Houston. Dr. Sayers was on the faculty at Brandeis University, where she taught Spanish language and literature. She also taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the University of Houston. She served as a consultant, instructor and materials writer for an Accelerated Spanish Summer Program for Bilingual Educators for the Houston Independent School District.